Brian Bonner of Kyiv Post Tue, 3rd Dec --
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych still may have a way out. If I were him, and I am glad that I am not, I would hightail it to Brussels, plead for forgiveness and put the association agreement agenda he spurned in Vilnius before parliament right away.
Charles Robertson of Renaissance Capital Wed, 4th Dec --
After meetings in the grey November chill of Moscow, we have to put our optimistic "mortgage boom" scenario for Russian GDP and asset price growth over 2014-2018 onto the "may happen" shelf.
bne Wed, 27th Nov --
Ukraine was willing, but the EU has fluffed an attempt to bring it into the broader European fold by offering rhetoric and red tape when what it should have done is put cash on the table. The EU's failure to understand Ukraine's desperate need for money has pushed Yanukovych into a deal with Russia.
bne Thu, 28th Nov --
Daniil Khavronyuk of Raiffeisen Pension Fund says Russia's current pension age is clearly something the economy struggles to afford. But because pensioners are the biggest single electorally important constituency, the government is adamant it won't raise the pension age upfront.
Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation Thu, 21st Nov --
Recent moves by the Ukrainian authorities against Tymoshenko suggest that Russia's pressure may have worked and there will be no deal with the EU at the November summit in Vilnius.
Bank of Finland Mon, 18th Nov --
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the 2011 relaxation of the criminal code has failed to achieve its intended results. He noted that public officials convicted of bribery under current law usually get off with fines, which is not efficient as most of those fines are never paid.
Nicholas Spiro of Spiro Sovereign Strategy Mon, 4th Nov --
The whiff of a sharp and disorderly devaluation of the hryvnia hangs in the air. Ukraine's currency is looking more vulnerable with each passing day as the central bank burns through its dwindling forex reserves, part of a desperate attempt by the embattled government of President Yanukovych to put off the day of reckoning.
Tomas Holinka & Anna Zabrodzka of Moody’s Analytics Mon, 4th Nov --
Except for Slovenia, where a troubled banking sector has been dragging on the recovery, all CEE economies expanded in the second quarter and the pace of recovery is expected to accelerate in the second half of 2013.
Cynthia Cohen Freue and Geeta Chugh of Standard & Poor's Fri, 1st Nov --
Asset quality deterioration, shortage of capital and slowing credit growth could undermine the BRICMT (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, and Turkey) banks' credit quality, especially amid economic slowdown following years of strong credit growth.
Stephen Adams of Global Counsel Fri, 25th Oct --
A bailout would be a political and policy setback for Slovenia, but would it have any wider consequences for the Eurozone? Slovenia may be an extreme example, but it is a reminder that the legacy problem of weak banks is still lingering under the first signs of good economic news for the Eurozone.
Vladimir Tchikine of Goltsblat BLP Thu, 24th Oct --
The Russian economy is facing significant challenges in the wake of the global recession and competitive pressures on the world stage. Russia's future lies in working constructively within the WTO framework - but we need to see Russia making full use of the advantages conferred by membership over the coming months.